Thursday, January 06, 2005

Einstein Centennial

2005 is the Einstein Centennial. Harvard has an interesting site about the celebration called Inside Enstein's Universe.
In his column today, George Will discusses Einstein's Cosmos by Michio Kaku, professor of theoretical physics at the City University of New York. I found Einstein's comparison of the universe to a library particularly helpful:

Einstein's theism, such as it was, was his faith that God does not play dice with the universe -- that there are elegant, eventually discoverable laws, not randomness, at work. Saying ``I'm not an atheist,'' he explained:

``We are in the position of a little child entering a huge library filled with books in many different languages. The child knows someone must have written those books. It does not know how. It does not understand the languages in which they are written. The child dimly suspects a mysterious order in the arrangement of the books but doesn't know what it is.''

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